Chiloe is the biggest Chilean archipelago and the biggest one in South America. In order to get there we took the car ferry from Pagua. It was our first longer drive where Oscar had to carry six passengers (brother and girlfriend now on board) plus two additional backpacks. He mastered it very well! The ferry ride was pretty quick (30min) and a bit overpriced ($20 one way).
We stayed two nights in a Cabaña close to Castro. This town is very well-know for its stilt houses (“Palafitos”) which accommodate pretty well for changing tides. Also Chiloe has multiple ancient churches which are UNESCO heritage.
The next day we spent in Parque Nacional de Chiloe which was ca. 50Km western from Castro. The trails were quite easy (mostly boardwalks) and hence were suited for small kids as ours as well. We concluded a series of smaller trails (<2km) including one pretty one to the beach where we found beautiful wild horses.
The last day on Chiloe was unfortunately again quite rainy. We visited the Mercado Artesenal in Dalcahue where a lot of handcrafted woolen and wooden things could be purchased. Behind the market was a busy food hall with authentic local food. A true treasure! My brother and I had Ceviche and the girls went for different kind of Empanadas. Yummy!
Our next destination was Ancud and the weather got worse with quite a decent storm running over the island. A boy was struggling to walk against the wind along the shore! We concluded the afternoon with local craft beers at a local pub and decided to leave the island with a late afternoon ferry (which to my surprise was still running).